Bestselling author Amy Tan will discuss her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai in the years 1890-1940. It transports readers from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It also tells the tale of a painting that is passed down through generations of women in the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture, and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers. Imbued with Tan’s characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
“Fiction and museums both provoke memories, taking people back in time. . . . That’s also what I want to do with my stories.”
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Say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year festival. With a crowd expected to surpass last year’s record-breaking 10,000 guests, this horse-themed extravaganza expands the festival’s footprint across Flora with an elevated stage area featuring must-see performances every half hour, expanded food and beverage offerings including food trucks down Harwood Street, and over a dozen specialty booths featuring art activities, delightful surprises such as a fortune-telling Truth Booth, and live miniature horses.
Plus, for the first time, an exclusive indoor VIP hospitality lounge will be accessible for Friends of the Crow Collection. If you are already a member, you may RSVP below or at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure easy access for the dragon dance, fireworks, and more. Not yet a member? Click here for more information or to join now!
On Our Main Stage:
10:30–11 am | JK Wong Academy: Four-Lion Dance -The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances demonstrated here are meant to bring good luck and fortune for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism, and this exciting performance is sure to bring joy to all.
11:15–11:45 am | Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra – From traditional Western classical music to the music of Eastern Asia, The DAAYO creates a special blend of musical styles. They will present Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” movements: V. Blood Oath and VI. Closing, led by James Song.
11:50 am–12:15 pm | Jiaping Shi Dance School – Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Jiaping Shi Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
12:15–12:30 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
12:30–1 pm | Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe – Founded January 2008 in Plano, this group of experienced dancers specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as traditional Chinese fashion shows.
1–1:30 pm | Intermission – Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Hofland, will welcome Girl Scout Troop 3352, made up entirely of girls adopted from China who live across the DFW Metroplex.
1:45–2:45 pm | Betty Soo – From soulful and reflective to humorous and witty, Betty Soo’s songs engage with and navigate the various dimensions of our human condition from a unique and personal point of view.
3–3:30 pm | Orizon – With their motto of “Many Cultures, One Style.” Orizon stays true to their words in an eclectic range of dance and music that clearly reflects the multifaceted natures and diverse influences their members bring.
3:30–3:45 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
4–5 pm | Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward – Labeled rock by some and alternative-country by others, they are a distinctive blend of the two with a particularly Texan accent. It is precisely this amalgam of sounds and styles that gives the group such broad appeal to so many.
5:15–6:15 pm | JK Wong Academy: Nine-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show – An amazing Kung Fu performance followed by a nine-person Lion Dance.
6:15 pm | Fireworks by Star S Productions SFX – FINALE: Fireworks and a lighted horse syncopated with music: Symphony 1997 – Jubilation by Tan Dun.
In partnership with the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Crow Collection of Asian Art celebrates the full autumn moon each year with an outdoor picnic, Japanese music, and haiku poetry. Although not commonly observed in modern-day Japan, the moon viewing tradition dates back to the Heian period (A.D. 794–1185), when the evening was marked with poetry and music by court aristocrats. The celebration later spread to warriors, townspeople, and farmers, and became a harvest festival.
- Rabbit Petting Zoo with The Bunny Burrow Rabbit Rescue
- Japanese inspired Art Activities including origami
- Live Musical Performances featuring the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, Japanese Ladies Chorus and many more
- Calligraphy, Ikebana and Haiku Demonstrations
- Sky Gazing and Moon Activities with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- Delicious Japanese fusion Bento Boxes available from Savor Gastropub for $20
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Amy Lewis Hofland, the executive director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, hosts a luncheon and lecture honoring the legendary life of the museum’s co-founder Margaret Doggett Crow (1919-2014). Margaret’s lessons are many: gracious living, compassionate hospitality, and communicating with love. These principles made her a guiding light to the Crow family, and to this museum.
On this day, which marks the museum’s 16th anniversary, Mrs. Hofland will share reflections highlighting Mrs. Crow’s exceptional taste and keen eye for the exquisite. Mrs. Hofland will also highlight works of art from Mrs. Crow’s estate that are now part of the museum’s permanent collection, including significant pieces of jade sculpture-a particular passion of both Margaret and “her Trammell”.
$20 for Friends of the Crow Collection; $30 for the public. Promotional code can be found in the fall Lotus Lens or by contacting email@example.com. Price includes plated, catered lunch.
Taking Texas! To India
The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; and the India Art Fair, New Delhi, India Present:
New Delhi, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur
January 22- 30, 2015
Join Friends of the Crow Collection as we travel to India to celebrate Texas!, the first Texas artist exhibition to be presented in New Delhi, India. This exhibition, which features fourteen artists from five Texas cities representing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Texas art, serves as the backdrop of an once-in-a-lifetime tour of India, January 22 – 30, 2015. The tour, which includes artists, collectors and curators, will provide guests an experience of a lifetime, beginning with the opening party for Texas! at the National Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Academi) in New Delhi and ending with a VIP tour and shopping experience at the India Art Fair, the third-largest festival of its kind in the world. To learn more about this exciting travel opportunity, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited availability.
Get your chance to experience The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion one last time before it closes on February 22nd. Check out our list of fashionable activities available throughout our galleries.
Art Activity: Wear the Collection
Use our eclectic mix of items to remix the collection and strike a pose in our photo booth.
Art Activity: Fashion Designer
Design a runway ready masterpiece and display it on our mannequin using materials inspired by the exhibition.
Art Activity: Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Create your own pair of Issey Miyake – inspired sunglasses to take home with you.
Class: Ikebana Flower Arranging Class with Motoko Ishihara
Enjoy a demonstration of this beautiful art form and learn the secrets of ikebana flower arrangement from expert Motoko Ishihara. Classes will run every hour and will be on a first come first serve basis
Children as young as 2 years old and their favorite adult can join certified yoga instructors for an engaging parent and child yoga session.
Have your face painted by the artists from Your Enchanted Face. Face painting will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Family Writing Workshop
Join instructors from the Writer’s Garret for a family writing workshop
Origami with the Keiki Club
Join Isabell, Katherine and other members of the Keiki Club and learn the techniques of folding paper.
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for a unique tour experience that includes an activity in the galleries, while learning about a work of art from the collection or exhibit.